It’s the time of year to celebrate new beginnings with weddings and graduations. As we write out the notes and cards of congratulations, it’s natural to reflect about the excitement and newness of beginnings.
Here is a quote that I believe applies to Dentistry. Yes, there can be frustration over no-shows, insurance reimbursement, and the daily complaining of patients seeing you. Yet –
“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.” Kurt Vonnegut
How might you take this quote to heart? Staying engaged with people that see your greatness, your potential, that believe in YOU.
At a recent high school graduation party, I was talking with a friend I’ve known for years. We raised our children together in elementary school, and even started a little private school together. We were catching up on each others lives. My friend has been a practicing Family Physician for over twenty-five years. He shared the wisdom of a Professor/Physician in Medical School, that my friend took to heart, and lives by.
“Only work and see patients four days a week. Do not make yourself available during a fifth day. Do not be swayed by what may seem like potential revenue. Find an interest outside of your practice, engage in community involvement, spend time with people that matter to you.” advice to my Physician Friend in Medical School.
Respect yourself enough to protect time away from your practice. Remember the thrill of beginning your practice, you can feel that same way, after years, even decades of practicing dentistry.
If you would like assistance with figuring out how this might look for you and your practice, please reach out. Please take to heart, “Be soft. Don’t let the world make you hard . . .” Kurt Vonnegut.